Beavers blank Eagles
Justin Twine trots past a Milano defender en route to the end zone. Twine ran for three touchdowns and threw for another during the Beavers’ 43-0 regional win over the Eagles last Friday.
Falls City 43
BUDA -- It may have been a regional semifinal game on the day after Thanksgiving, but it was just like every other contest the Beavers have engaged in this season. They came out strong, dominated their opponents, and returned home with a victory. Oh, and for those of you counting at home, Falls City’s 43-0 win over Milano last Friday afternoon was shutout No. 8 of the season.
Falls City kicked off to Milano to start the game, but the defense did its job and the ball promptly went over to the Beaver offense. The offense then did its job, as senior Justin Twine wasted little time before finding the end zone on an 81-yard run from scrimmage. Quarterback Dean Gaskamp ran in the 2-point conversion, and the Beavers led 8-0 with about nine minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Milano only managed to hang on to the ball for a minute or so on its next possession, and the Beaver offense was back to work. Twine eventually capped off the short drive with his second rushing touchdown of the night as he carried it in from 8 yards out. Gaskamp ran in a second 2-point conversion, and the Beavers took a 16-0 advantage into the second quarter.
Gaskamp got things going in the second quarter as he ran in a 2-yard touchdown. The conversion attempt was no good, but the lead was 22-0 with about 11 minutes still remaining in the first half.
After a bit of back and forth, the Beavers scored touchdown No. 4 of the night as Twine connected with Stephen Harlos for 24 yards and a touchdown. Cody Houdmann kicked the extra point, and the score stood at 29-0 with a little more than three minutes to play in the half. Falls City held Milano back, and took the big lead into the half.
The Beavers came out strong in the third to score two additional touchdowns. The first came on a 5-yard run from Twine to make it a 35-0 game, and the second, on a Kendall Kanak rushing touchdown from about 4 yards out. Houdmann added the extra points, and it was 43-0 at the end of the third, a score that would prove final.
Gaskamp completed 3 of 6 passes for 29 yards to start the game, and Twine went under center in relief of Gaskamp, completing 3 of 4 passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. Harlos was the team’s leading receiver with three grabs for 32 yards. Austen Camber caught a pass for 14 yards, and Houdmann and David Brodsky each had catches of 11 yards.
Twine led the Beaver ground game with 187 rushing yards on 14 carries, followed by Gaskamp with 117 yards on 10 carries. Brodsky ran eight times for 55 yards, and Kanak had three carries for 16 yards. Olxman Cruz, Joseph Swierc, and Dayton Jaskinia also had carries in the game.
The win puts Falls City at 12-0 on the season, and advances the Beavers into the Region IV final. The regional final also serves as the state quarterfinals. Falls City will face La Pryor this Friday, Dec. 6, at Farris Stadium in San Antonio. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.